Thursday, October 26, 2006



The obvious parallel to recent political imagery in the fake documentary Death of a President is its depiction of protestors. The fictional assassination is presented as a moment of intense relief for liberal activism; when news of the murder hits the streets, their instantly celebratory reaction feels exaggerated—but only slightly. Those familiar with the street theater surrounding Madison Square Garden during the last Republican National Convention will recall that the battleground was bloodthirsty on both sides. That infamous animosity sets the stage for Conventioneers, which imagines love between a red state delegate and a blue state demonstrator amid the tumultuous battleground of New York City between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, 2004. It deserves inevitable comparisons to Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy fits the new setting due to its weight as a quintessentially divisive moment in American history.

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